Disinfo: On the issue of Belarus, the US satellites in the EU will support any anti-Russian position


The main thing for Vilnius in the situation in the neighbouring country (Belarus) is to serve Washington. Lithuania, like other US satellites, will support any position on the issue of Belarus, at least favourable to Washington and with an anti-Russian context.

The Baltic states are not under the influence of the European Union. They are in full support of America’s interests, often acting contrary to the agreed position of the European Union or the countries of Old Europe. Being geographically in Europe, they often act contrary to the interests of Europe. The task is to maintain an anti-Russian and pro-American context, no matter what it is based on, whether it protests against the election results in Belarus or global warming.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the lost sovereignty of the European countries and US presence in Europe, alleging that the United States fully controls the foreign policy of the EU member states, including the Baltic states (these countries are often presented as American “vassals” or puppet states). The Kremlin-controlled media regularly accuses the political elites of  Lithuania of Russophobia and the implementation of anti-Russian policies.

The EU Member States and particularly Lithuania are independent states, which shape their own foreign and domestic policies without any “dictate” from the USA. The US is an important ally to the EU but EU policy is not determined by the US, as explained by the EU High Representative. Lithuania supports the independence and territorial integrity of Belarus. Lithuania, as well as the EU, have expressed support to people protesting in Belarus.

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that the Vassal Eastern EU countries obey the US in order to counter Western Europe, that US is occupying the EU and the Baltic countries nearly lost their statehood, that Lithuania is NATO's dog barking at Belarus and Russia, that Lithuania is temporarily NATO-occupied territory ruled by non-Lithuanians, and that Warsaw and Vilnius are worsening the political crisis in Belarus.


  • Reported in: Issue 209
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/08/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Latvia, Russia, Baltic states, Estonia, Lithuania, Belarus, US
  • Keywords: Protest, Anti-Russian, US presence in Europe, Puppets, Sovereignty, Baltic states


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